The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) here inRegion 6 is seeing some light in this situation as the environment heals fromthe dreadful effects of pollution. Animals, especially birds, relish thepeaceful atmosphere due to the limited mobility of vehicles and people to avoidfurther local transmission of the virus and contain the outbreak. A Yellow-bellied whistler (Pachycephala philippinensis) is a species of bird endemic in the Philippines. The Eurasian tree sparrow (Passer montanus) bird seen gripping on the basketball ring. In urban areas, the air quality is greatly affected by smog andnoxious gases. Birds have high respiratory rate, which makes them susceptibleto air pollutants and airborne impurities. But with less travel of airplanesand vehicles, birds could breathe better and soar up in the skies. Some birds’ species use vocalization to attract a mate, warndanger and socialize with other birds in the avian community. In the city,noise pollution affects the birds and their habits. It also interfere theircommunication as they vocalize at low frequencies to attract and impress a matein order to reproduce. Currently, the city is no longer engrossed with ambientnoise thus many birds are seen and heard vocalizing at low frequencies. “Humans have now realized that nature, once left alone, can bounceback to its balance. We have seen something really good amid this COVID-19pandemic. I thereby encourage all to protect the birds and its habitats by not capturing,poaching or illegally cutting trees that serves as their habitat as we also protectourselves by doing preventive measures to avoid getting infected by the virus. Letus bear in mind that the key to a harmonious life is to live as one with thenature,” said DENR 6 regional executive director Francisco E. Milla, Jr. During the night, bright city lights interferes the view of the starsin the sky which the birds uses to help them determine the route for the nextday. As such, too much alteration of the natural light confuses and disorientsthe birds. Light pollution affects the flight patterns of birds and breakstheir usual migration paths. Meanwhile, waterbirds species are often seen on wetlands and seas.Water pollutants reduce the amount of oxygen in the water, eventually killing thefishes, a source of food for the waterbirds. Oil spills affect these avian creatureswhen their feathers lose its quality if covered with oil, poisoning them orexposing their skin. With reduced sea travels, there is less water pollution andhelped prevent the risk faced by the waterbirds. The presence of flock of birds in the trees and skies is anoticeable evidence of a revived balance in nature. A Eurasian tree sparrow is a passerine bird seen gripping on an electric wire. Air, land, water, noise, light and oil pollution are great threatsto the lives of these flying creatures. Hence with the outbreak of the COVID-19disease, the government decided to put the country on lockdown thereby restrictingland, air and sea travels. Enhanced Biodiversity Conservation is among the ten priorityprograms of the Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu.(DENR6/PN) Here in Iloilo City, a curfew was implemented due to the city’slockdown and also restricted the mobility of vehicles on the street which pavedthe way for the birds to see the stars at night. AVIAN species called birds were frequently seen flying in the skyand were heard chirping and singing from the trees in the community amidst the coronaviruspandemic.
Due to weather conditions, the NLOI signing ceremony will be moved back to Thursday (2-6) at 2 PM for Sarah Billingsley.Submitted by OA AD Nathan Dilts.
WHITE CITY, Ore. – The Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified winner of Southern Oregon Speedway’s 21st annual Lon Skinner Memorial earns a hefty $5,000.The Sunday, Sept. 4 main event pays a minimum of $500 to each of the 24 starters and is a qualifier for the 2017 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.Modifieds also race for $600 to win in their Saturday, Sept. 3 feature. Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods race for top checks of $400 on Saturday and $600 on Sunday.Early registration and practice is Friday, Sept. 2 at White City.Entry fee for the Modifieds is $200 or $250 at the gate.Transponders are required and must be furnished by the driver. Hoosier tires, fuel and tearoffs will be available in the pits.Grandstand admission is $15 for Saturday, $20 for Sunday or $30 for a two-day pass. Pit passes are $35 a day or $60 for a two-day pass.Brookside Inn is the host hotel and reservations can be made by calling 866 928-2314. Free camping, but no hookups, is also available at the track.More information is available at the track’s www.sospeedway.com website or by calling 541 772-6264.
Top-Ranked Argonauts Season Ends in Semifinals May 11, 2007ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – Top-ranked West Florida’s (26-4) impressive season came to an end against sixth-ranked Lynn University on Friday. Lynn defeated West Florida, 5-0, in the semifinals of the NCAA Division II National Championships at Sanlando Park. Last season the Argonauts were defeated 5-2 by the Fighting Knights in the national semifinals in Kansas City.The Fighting Knights swept the doubles action, earning all three points. Dante Bottini (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and Nicolas Barrientos (Cali, Colombia) were defeated 8-5 in the first position. Diego Zorzi (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and his partner Luis Arboleda (Medellin, Colombia) were defeated 8-6 in the second position. Argonaut teammates Eduardo Cavasotti (Florianopolis, Brazil) and his partner Luiz Bernardi (Campinas, Brazil) were also lost 9-7 in the third position, giving the Fighting Knights the 3-0 lead.Following the doubles action, and needing five out of a six possible points, the Argonauts fell short against the Fighting Knights. Playing in the third position, 38th ranked Barrientos was defeated in straight sets, giving the Fighting Knights a comfortable 4-0 lead. Seventh-ranked Zorzi, playing in the first position, was also defeated in straight sets, finishing the match and securing Lynn’s spot in the NCAA Division II championship final.The Argonauts posted a 27-4 record, finishing the season with a .867 winning percentage. Against Gulf South Conference opponents, the Argonauts posted a 9-1 record, with a .900 conference winning percentage. The Argonauts were also ranked first in the nation during the regular season, and runner-up in the GSC Tournament.Diego Zorzi posted a 14-2 singles record, finishing the season with a .875 winning percentage including a 4-2 record in the first position and a 10-0 record in the second position. In doubles Zorzi was an impressive 21-3 record this season, including a 1-0 record in the first position and a 20-3 record in the second position, finishing with a .875 winning percentage in doubles. Zorzi was nationally ranked seventh in singles and 19th in doubles with partner Luis Arboleda.Dante Bottini recorded a 15-4 singles record, finishing the season with a .789 winning percentage in singles, including a 12-4 record in the first position and a 3-0 record in the second position. In doubles Bottini posted an impressive 24-4 record in the first position this season, finishing with a .856 winning percentage. Bottini was nationally ranked sixth in singles and second in doubles with partner Nicolas Barrientos. Bottini was also named NCAA Division II/Intercollegiate Tennis Association South Region Senior of The Year.Nicolas Barrientos posted a 16-10 singles record, finishing the season with a .615 winning percentage, including a 2-1 record in the first position, a 4-3 record in the second position and a 10-4 record in the third position. In doubles Barrientos was an impressive 24-4 record this season in the first position, and finished the season with a .857 winning percentage in doubles. Barrientos was nationally ranked 38th in singles and second in doubles with partner Bottini.Eduardo Cavasotti finished with a 12-10 singles record, finishing the season with a .545 winning percentage in singles, including a 4-3 record in the third position and a 7-6 record in the fourth position. In doubles Cavasotti posted a 20-9 record, including a 1-0 record in the first position, a 4-2 record in the second position, and a 16-6 in the third position, finishing the season with a .690 winning percentage in doubles. Cavasotti was nationally ranked 44th in singles.Luis Arboleda posted a 18-5 singles record, finishing the season with a .783 winning percentage, including a 3-0 in the third position, a 3-1 record in the fourth position and 7-4 in the fifth position. In doubles Arboleda put together a 26-4 record, including a 20-4 record in the second position and a 4-0 record in the third position, finishing the season with a .867 winning percentage in doubles. Arboleda was nationally ranked 19th in doubles.Luiz Bernardi earned a 16-4 singles record, finishing the season with a .800 winning percentage in singles, including a 3-1 record in the fourth position, a 5-0 record in the fifth position and a 6-3 record in the sixth position. In doubles Bernardi posted a 20-9 record, including 4-0 in the fourth position and a 13-8 record in the third position. He finished the season with a .690 winning percentage in doubles.Vivian Chhetri posted a 7-4 singles record, finishing the season with a .636 winning percentage in singles, including a 2-0 record in the third and fourth position and 2-1 record in the fifth position. In doubles, Chhetri was a perfect 7-0 in the third position.Mark McGuigan recorded a 6-2 singles record, finishing the season with a .750 winning percentage in singles, including a 2-0 record in the fifth position and a 4-2 record in the sixth position. In doubles McGuigan posted an 1-0 record.Marco Matteucci posted a 5-0 singles record, with three victories in the fifth position and three in the sixth position. In doubles, Matteucci was 2-0 with one victory in the second position and one in the third position.Gui Jasmin posted a 1-0 singles record in the sixth position. In doubles Jasmin was 1-0 in the third position. (By Gui Amaral Jasmin) Print Friendly Version Share
Manchester City and baseball giants the New York Yankees have formed an agreement to purchase an expansion franchise in Major League Soccer, it has been announced. New York City Football Club will become the 20th club in MLS in 2015 after a deal worth around 100million US dollars (£66million) was concluded. The two clubs and MLS announced the partnership after a meeting at the league’s headquarters in central New York. Press Association City hope the arrangement will help to expand their profile in the United States, while it is also a potential extra source of income and players. City chief executive Ferran Soriano said: “New York is a legendary sports town, as well as a thriving global city with a rapidly expanding soccer fanbase. “We are thrilled to contribute to the energy and growth of New York City soccer. “In the Yankees, we have found the absolute best partner for developing a world-class sports organisation and a winning team that will carry the New York City Football Club name with pride.” City will be the majority owner of the new venture, with the Yankees, who previously had a commercial agreement with Manchester United, being an active member of the ownership group. The new club does not presently have a home but discussions are under way over the construction of a new stadium at Flushing Meadows in the Queens borough of the city. They will play at a temporary location until a development is completed. MLS commissioner Don Garber said: “We proudly welcome two of the most prestigious global sports organisations to Major League Soccer. This is a transformational development that will elevate the league to new heights in this country.”
“I know how the set up works and what goes on, although there are obviously differences between the various levels. “Obviously I was very proud when I was asked to take this role. I’m honoured and even though this is just a caretaker position, it’s marvellous for me and for my family. “I’m delighted to be given this opportunity and delighted that the FAI (Football Association of Ireland) had the confidence in me to give me this responsibility.” King will take charge of the team for the two remaining World Cup qualifiers against Germany and Kazakhstan in October following Giovanni Trapattoni’s departure after defeats by Sweden and Austria this month, which left the Republic with no chance of making it to Brazil next summer. He will watch a series of games in the United Kingdom this week before naming a provisional squad on Monday, which will then be whittled down at the end of the month. He said: “There are plenty of games to get to between now and then in terms of me finalising the squad, and I’ll look at as many players as I can before picking the provisional squad. “I’m sure there will be a few injuries and players possibly not available for a variety of reasons, which is always the case in international football at all levels. “What is important is that we recognise that the FIFA rankings are key for us. “I believe in Ireland. The spirit and skills of the players, their never say die attitude – everybody is aware of that trait in our squad. That’s the starting point.” Press Association The Dubliner, who has stepped up from his role as Under-21s manager, worked previously in the first team set-up under Jack Charlton and is thrilled to have another opportunity. King, whose temporary appointment was announced on Monday evening, said: “I was lucky enough to have had the opportunity to work with the senior squad at tournaments such as the 1990 World Cup under Jack Charlton and have been involved in international football for many years at various age levels. Noel King has revealed his pride at being asked to take over as interim Ireland boss.
Press Association With their toughest away days now out of the way and four of their remaining six fixtures at Windsor Park, a first major tournament appearance in 30 years remains on the cards. “Nine points from four games, having gone to Budapest, Athens and Bucharest, is great and I’m proud of the effort the players have given,” said O’Neill. “The lads are genuinely disappointed because at 0-0 with 70 minutes gone you start to believe there’s a point for you, maybe more if you can exploit your opportunities. “But I told them not to be too despondent because we still have so much to play for in the second half of the campaign. “We have four home games to look forward to and our most difficult away games are behind us. “I think we will react well to this and recover. Our focus now is to win the next two home games, against Finland and Romania, where we have an opportunity to cement our place in the top three.” O’Neill made no attempt to detract from Romania’s superiority, but could not help bemoan the absence of a handful of key men, with the absence of captain Steven Davis felt most keenly of all. “We missed the players who were unavailable to us,” O’Neill said. “Our captain Steven Davis, Shane Ferguson, Jamie Ward, Jonny Evans…these are all players who would come in and make us stronger. “There’s no doubt Steven being out weakens us, so if we’d have taken something it would have been a huge bonus. “In these types of games Davis gives you the ability to stay on the ball, to play in tight areas and difficult circumstances. We probably didn’t do those things as well without him. “But we can still be proud of our effort and commitment. We can play better, no doubt about that, but we have to give credit to opponents who were excellent. “Ultimately we have to hold our hands up and say the better team won the game.” Brighton defender Aaron Hughes, who busted a gut alongside Gareth McAuley to keep Northern Ireland afloat for so long, told Sky Sports: “We are still in a good position, it’s by no means devastating, we just need to learn from a few things and keep going. “We have just got to deal with it and get on with it.” Iordanescu, who enjoyed a winning start to his third stint in charge of Romania, feels his side now have one foot in France in two years’ time and thinks O’Neill’s squad could yet be joining them. “For me Northern Ireland were and still are a big surprise in this group,” he said. “They are very organised and I’m sure they will record some more surprises before the end of the campaign. “But we have made a major step towards the Euros, we have shaken off the pressure because we are the new leaders of the group.” After beginning the campaign with successive wins over Hungary, the Faroe Islands and Greece, O’Neill’s men hit the wall in Bucharest. Romania dominated throughout and, although the visitors withstood the pressure for 74 gruelling minutes, right-back Paul Papp netted twice in quick succession to claim the points. Victory sees Anghel Iordanescu’s side leapfrog Northern Ireland at the Group F summit, a position they will hold again until at least March, but the message from O’Neill was defiantly upbeat. Manager Michael O’Neill was unbowed by Northern Ireland’s first defeat of the Euro 2016 campaign, insisting qualification is still within sight.
The Dutchman was strongly linked with becoming director of football at Anfield in May 2012, before Brendan Rodgers was appointed as manager. Former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss Van Gaal was appointed United manager last summer, and on Sunday takes his current team to Liverpool for a crunch Premier League match in the context of the pursuit of Champions League football. Van Gaal, quoted by several national newspapers, said of the Anfield interest: “It was flattering, it is always pleasing to be contacted by a leading club, and Liverpool have a very good record in history. “But I am the coach of United now, I can only speak about Liverpool as an opponent. It is not so interesting any more, it is in the past. “It was the same with Tottenham last week. I have spoken to a lot of clubs but it is not good for Liverpool, Tottenham or for me to reopen things that are in the past.” Van Gaal, 63, said earlier this week that the United challenge would be his last as a manager. However that does not mean he is preparing to retire in the near future. The first 12 months of a three-year contract will soon be up, yet Van Gaal said: ” I can confirm this will be my last club but there could be five years to go yet.” Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed he once held talks about joining Liverpool. Press Association
New Delhi: Ambati Rayudu has had a rollercoaster 2019. After not being picked in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, he criticised the selection of Vijay Shankar by referring to him as a ‘3-D player’. In July, he announced his retirement from all forms of the game after being named in the reserves for the Indian cricket team. However, he was not inlcuded in the team as replacement despite two players sustaining injuries. First, Rishabh Pant was named as replacement for injured Shikhar Dhawan and then Mayank Agarwal was called in to replace Vijay Shankar, who was ruled out of the World Cup due to toe injury. The middle order batsman had not cited any specific reason for the shocking decision to put an end to his international career.Now, a couple of months later, Rayudu has made a sudden U-turn on his retirement. In a letter to the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA), Rayudu had said, “I would like to come out of retirement and play cricket in all formats. I want to thank CSK , VVS Laxman and Noel David who have been very supportive during the tough time and are instrumental in making me realize that I have enough cricket left in me and the decision to retire was taken in an emotional state and in haste.”Rayudu has played 50 ODI innings and scored 1694 runs at an impressive average of 47.05. He has three centuries and 10 fifties to his name with a top score of 124* and strike rate of 79.04. He has also played five T20 Internationals but could not mirror his ODI performance. He scored just 42 runs at an average of 10.50. Rayudu had reacted on his omission with a sarcastic tweet that he would watch the World Cup wearing 3D glasses, in an obvious reference to chief selector MSK Prasad’s defence of Shankar’s selection.Also Read | No action on Ambati Rayudu for sarcastic tweet: BCCI officialPrasad had said that the Tamil Nadu player brings three dimensions to the table – as a middle order batsman who could bowl at medium pace and is also a handy fielder – and that was the reason he got the nod ahead of Rayudu.Also Read | IPL 2019: Ambati Rayudu’s No.4 spot in India team for World Cup takes a hit after low scoreFollowing his retirement, former cricketer Gautam Gambhir had criticised the selectors for not handling Rayudu’s situation well. “Five selectors combined would not have made the runs Rayudu has in his career. I feel extremely sad about this retirement. Rishabh Pant and Mayank Agarwal got selected amidst the World Cup injuries, and anyone in Rayudu’s place would have felt equally bad,” said Gambhir. Ambati Rayudu was not picked in the India squad for 2019 World Cup.India were knocked out in the semi-final of the tournament.Rayudu had criticised the selection of Vijay Shankar. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights
–NSC promises $2M at launch of National School Basketball FestivalCO-DIRECTOR of Youth Basketball Guyana (YBG), Chris Bowman, promised to continue pushing youth development through sport at the launch of the 14th edition of the National School Basketball Festival yesterday at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.Bowman hailed the commitment of his team of organisers (who run the festival), sponsors and the National Sports Commission, but bemoaned the lack of support from some sections of corporate Guyana.The hardworking administrator told the youngsters, which included the teams that are competing in the U-18 tournament, that they need to seize the opportunities that the festival offers.“…The NSBF is the only platform for you (student athletes) to test, measure and showcase your ability at a national level. In other words, this comes before being seen as a prospective national player. What this means is that you have to seize the moment.”High in praise for the YBG was Director of Sports Christopher Jones, who indicated that the NSBF has helped to develop and unearth numerous talents over the years. Although he admitted that government can do more, he also promised a contribution of $2M from the National Sports Commission to the festival.Jones, like Bowman, also applauded the sponsors at this year’s tournament, especially Beharry LTD, who has been sponsoring the event consistently for 11 years, the last six of which have been as headline sponsors.Other long-serving sponsors include Banks DIH, Bounty Farm, John Fernandes and the NSC.Joining the group this year was Exxon Mobil.Although the festival tipped off yesterday, regional competitions have been ongoing since March over several locations in the country.The U-18 competition was expected to move into the quarter-final stage from this afternoon while from Tuesday, the Boys’ U-14 group format and the Girls round-robin competition will commence.The tournament continues daily up to Sunday (when the semi-finals will be played), while the three finals are scheduled for the following Sunday (July 13).